Fornaldarsögur norðurlanda: A bibliography of manuscripts, editions, translations and secondary literature

compiled by M. J. Driscoll & Silvia Hufnagel

Bibliography, general or by saga:


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Included here are all the sagas normally classed as fornaldarsögur, i.e. the 33 found in Rafn's edition plus a few others, such as Þjalar-Jóns saga and Ingvars saga víðförla, which have subsequently been ascribed to that genre.

For each saga there is a list of the manuscripts in which texts of the saga are found, along with its location in the manuscript, a transcription of the rubric or incipit and, where known, the name of the scribe and time and place of writing. Following this there are lists of the editions of the text, then of translations, and finally of secondary literature dealing specifically with the saga in question. There is also a general bibliography comprising works dealing with the genre as a whole.

Bibliographic items describing editions, translations and secondary literature are encoded in stuctured XML using the mechanisms provided by the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) for this purpose. Project-specific encoding guidelines are available at the link below; more general descriptions of bibliographic encoding principles using TEI are available in chapter 3 of the TEI guidelines.


Please feel free to bring any errors and omissions to the attention of the editors.